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Virginia Reichelderfer, 87, of pioneer family

By GREG WILLIAMS

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001


ST. PETERSBURG -- Virginia "Ginny" Turner Reichelderfer, a Pinellas pioneer family member and widow of one the city's first optometrists, has died at 87.

Mrs. Reichelderfer spent a week in the hospital before dying at home under hospice care on Friday (Feb. 9, 2001), said her daughter, Terry Lyn Stinson of Safety Harbor.

Mrs. Reichelderfer's husband, Dr. William Wayne Reichelderfer, practiced here for 47 years, retiring in 1987. He died in 1990 at age 78.

Mrs. Reichelderfer's parents were Charles E. and Mary Ellen McLarnan Turner. Her grandfather, John McLarnan, a native of County Cork, Ireland, came here from Keokuk, Iowa, in 1881.

Mrs. Stinson said her mother loved fishing and crabbing the flats and beach passes of Tampa Bay. She would wade the flats clutching a pole with a hook at one end that she would poke into the nooks and crannies of rocks and coral. Stone crabs would latch on to the hook and she would pull them from their hiding places.

"She loved being out on the water and fishing. That was her thing," Mrs. Stinson said.

Other survivors include a son, Ronald W., Pinellas Park; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Ninth St. N, where a funeral will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.

- Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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